Archive for November, 2005

When You Dream

November 29, 2005

Google Box: Cringely’s new column on what Google’s up to is out. I thought he was stretching for the datacenter-in-a-shipping-container column, but this one is ridiculous. I’m glad that it’s not just Mac fans who ascribe big dreams to their mothership.



November 14, 2005

My cube neighbor just showed me some Javascript code from July 2000 written by Bob Parsons for our WebSite Complete product. I can’t even imagine the work environment where the owner is responsible for writing the loan calculator. Much has changed in the last five years!!

[NOTE: The views expressed on this website/weblog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Go Daddy Software, Inc.]

Web Analysis

November 14, 2005

Okay, this is all over the blogs this morning but I have to talk about it because it’s a subject near and dear to my heart. As some of you may know, I track my browser stats religiously. I’ve developed a shell script that pulls down my logs from my host, gzips them, and then prepares five reports from the data. When I had my laptop at my last job, I would pull down the logs several times a day. I only combed through them during breaks or when I got home, but I still needed to know about the traffic my site was enjoying.

My new host, Dreamhost, prepares three reports using Analog automatically every day. That’s been close enough for me so I don’t run my own reports on every domain I administer. DH’s reports don’t cover everything my own reports do, but they’re close enough and close enough is good enough for a lazy person.

So the big news today is that Google has finally unveiled the fruits of their Urchin acquisition: Google Analytics. Since I’m fairly familiar with Urchin’s reporting capabilities, I signed up as soon as I heard. Urchin has a Javascript-based tracking code snippet that will gather visitor information in real-time and generate reports. The best news of all is that it’s free and easy, both of which make it a no-brainer for me.

All my base are belong to Google.

Long Time

November 11, 2005

Wow, I was just looking on eBay and I discovered that I’ve been a member since December 6, 1998. Curious about some other sites that I’m a member of, I found that I joined MetaFilter on June 6, 2000, used Blogger since March 2000, and placed my first order at Amazon on August 17, 1998. I’m just saying.

Another blast from the past: here’s what my site looked like in May 2001. I had had the site for perhaps two or three years prior to that, but it apparently didn’t rank enough for to index it. I guess it’s pretty clear that I love the colors blue and yellow together.

Found on the Web is Lost

November 11, 2005

Apparently, Dreamhost’s free web registration is only for one year as opposed to the life of the hosting account. I’m pretty sure I remember reading that they would auto-renew as long as you kept hosting with them, but, of course, I can’t find support for that claim anywhere on their site. So, has expired and won’t be available until the domain transfer to Go Daddy is final.

I’ll say that I’m a little disappointed with Dreamhost in that regard because that little perk was one thing that made me not want to leave. It’s $6.00 per year for them and it’s enough of a hassle that I wouldn’t want to mess with it. I’m pretty sure that it was once auto-renewing because I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t read it. Oh well.

[UPDATE: Okay, well, the above represents what the support person told me. When I went into the domain registration system, I saw that a one-year renewal was $0.00 and a two-year one was $9.95. That tells me that my earlier supposition was correct and that the support guy was totally wrong.]

I See The Light

November 9, 2005

We’re in the home stretch for the new blog product. The good news is that there will be a free and paid version so all of you readers that don’t want to shell out the dough can try it out first. The bad news is that, umm, well, there is no bad news. I can’t wait to get this out the door so a) I can talk about it and b) I can get to work on all the awesome features we’ve got planned for future releases. It’s fun working on 1.0 but every developer likes features more than fixes.

All I can say is that this thing is going to be huge. Really big time.

[NOTE: The views expressed on this website/weblog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Go Daddy Software, Inc.]

Blast from the Past

November 7, 2005

Today was a very disconcerting day at work for me.

I Love Web Developer

November 4, 2005

Chris Pederick, he of incredible Firefox extensions, has released a beta of the next release of his stunning Web Developer extension.

This isn’t some piddly little update: it’s a frigging colossal jamboree of new stuff. I suggested the ability to disable the XmlHttpRequest object and it looks like it’s going to make the final version. He’s done one better and he’s going to add a feature that lets you watch the requests and responses! Holy crap! Venkman going to see a lot less action from this hombre.

The biggest feature I can see is the “Edit HTML” function. It will allow you to edit the HTML of a rendered page in real-time and see the effects of your actions. It was huge for CSS and I think it’s going to be incredible for HTML. Real-time editing of Javascript anyone?

Worst case, you’ll have to re-install the release version. Best case, you’re rocking the free world!

My New Dream Host

November 2, 2005

As regular readers may know, nearly all my sites are hosted with Dreamhost—this one’s hosted at Uplink Earth but that’s only until the blog software is released. Dreamhost is great because they’ve got an excellent control panel, ever-increasing quotas on bandwidth and storage, and excellent support. I’ve prepaid with them for two years and I’ve got another two years paid for after that because of referrals.

I catch a lot of flack at work about that. “Why don’t you host with Go Daddy? Do you not like Go Daddy?” The price is right—free for employees—but I’m incredibly lazy. Hell, I’ve been with Uplink Earth for well over a year even though I’m paying $29.90 per month and should have migrated it to Dreamhost a long time ago. Changing hosts is hard! (Okay, it’s not hard but it’s not easy enough for me.)

I used to recommend Dreamhost to everyone I knew because its value was unbeaten by Go Daddy. That was very hard to do for me because I really wanted to recommend Go Daddy’s hosting. It was still a great deal, but I couldn’t suggest it knowing that something better was out there. These were my friends and people trusting me for a recommendation and I’m not about to shill for my employer. My last employer begged its employees to do that and I hated them for it.

Thankfully, Go Daddy today sent Dreamhost a packin’. Our new hosting plans are fricking unbelievable. That kind of bandwidth, storage, and database offering is unprecedented in my experience. If you’ve got a domain to host, Go Daddy is the place for you. Seriously.

[NOTE: The views expressed on this website/weblog are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Go Daddy Software, Inc.]